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Ethiopia enjoys a positive bilateral relationship with Canada. The two countries relate in terms of international assistance, commercial relations, trade and investment, education and culture.

There are many reasons why Canadians visit Ethiopia, especially for tourism. The East African country, located in the Horn of Africa is rich in culture, nature, and history. It is home to important historical monuments such as the Queen of Sheba’s palace, ancient rock-hewn churches, the Danakil Depression, not to mention the Ethiopian cuisines.

These and many more features make Ethiopia one of the choicest travel destinations for Canadian tourists. No matter your reason for traveling to Ethiopia, it is important to have the right Ethiopia travel insurance or private medical coverage to protect you and your loved ones in case of medical emergencies, accident, illness or hospitalization.

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Basic Information About Ethiopia

Some important information on Ethiopia Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Birr
Official language Amharic
Capital Addis Ababa
Continent Africa
Population Approx. 102 million
Plug type Plug type C, E, F and L
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Spring - March to May
  • Summer - June to August
  • Autumn - September to November
  • Winter - December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

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Ethiopia Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Ethiopia is yours and you are equally responsible for your personal safety and security abroad. However, we provide you credible information in our Travel Advice to help you to make a well-informed decision as regards traveling out of Canada.

Risk Level

Ethiopia – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to the volatile security situation, exercise a high degree of caution in Ethiopia.

  • Avoid all travel to Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, South Sudan and the Gambella region due to intertribal clashes.
  • Avoid all travel to Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea, Somalia region, Danakil Desert and Erta Ale Volcano due to banditry, armed insurgencies, and military operations.
  • Avoid all travel to Ethiopia’s border with Kenya due to intertribal clashes and banditry.

 Entry / Exit requirements

Ethiopia decides who enters and exits its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you fail to meet the country’s exit or entry requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from Ethiopian authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


Entry requirements that apply to you depend on the type of passport you use for travel. Check with your transportation company, before you leave, to find out about passport requirements.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date you expect to leave Ethiopia.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - When traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document, the entry rule that applies to you may differ. Check with the closest diplomatic mission for Ethiopia before you leave.

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Ethiopia Healthcare

Ethiopia has both public and private hospitals. The health care facilities and standard in Ethiopia may not be up to Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive. It is important for Canadians to have appropriate Ethiopia travel insurance for efficient coverage against medical emergencies, injuries or hospitalization in Ethiopia. You may also need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs in case the hospital requires cash payments.

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Ethiopia Travel Insurance News

An Ethiopian-born Canadian man, Bashir Makhtal who spent more than 11 years in Ethiopian prison was freed in late April 2018. After a trial that Amnesty International and Makhtal’s lawyer labeled as unfair, Makhtal was sentenced to life in prison for charges related to terrorism.

Canadian officials have worked for years to ensure his release but Gloria Nafziger, a campaigner with Amnesty, said that thousands of political prisoners were released in Ethiopia in the recent month due to the changing political situation.

Nafziger said that it is an optimistic time in Ethiopia for people detained for political reasons. She added that the changing political situation and the new prime minister were probably the reasons for Makhtal’s release.

The release began in early 2018 when the former Prime Minister Hailermariam Desalegn announced that he would drop charges against political prisoners and also close a notorious prison camp to facilitate political dialogue. It continued under the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who was sworn in on April 2, 2018.

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